The 2-0 Elkers hope to celebrate Johnsonburg's Homecoming with a victory over Moniteau tonight at Memorial Field (7 p.m.). Ridgway has dominated its first two games and host a Warriors team that was sidelined last week with COVID concerns after losing their opener in Kane 21-6 on Aug. 27.
Defensively no one has been better than the Elkers, who have given up 26 yards rushing and 195 passing in their two victories over St. Marys (24-7) and Kane (42-6). On offense, Ridgway has rushed for 461 yards and thrown for 164 yards. Moniteau didn't return to on-field practice until Labor Day.
A mismatch? Not so fast, according to Ridgway head coach Mark Heindl.
"This is a big trap game for us. We told the kids they couldn't overlook Moniteau because they didn't play last week and weren't in school. But, hey, we know they are a pretty sound and physical football team. They gave Kane a run for their money; they didn't pull away from them until the fourth quarter."
Playing in the Paper City
Heindl enjoys playing two games a season in Johnsonburg. Ridgway and Johnsonburg started their pigskin co-op in 2013.
"It's the best grass field in all of District 9 and I think you can compare it with anywhere else in the state. There's something special about running out of that tunnel - it makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. So, it's definitely cool to run out, but I don't think I would want to be the visiting team," the coach said. "There's a lot of tradition in the Paper City, and we try to do our best to maintain that."
Johnsonburg High Homecoming Queen candidates include Tess Kocjanic, Alexa Mahoney, Alexandria Hoffman, Kayla Hight, Brittany Kudrick, and Shana Polaski. 2020 Queen Mackenzie Freeman will present the crown at halftime.
Several events are being held in conjunction with Homecoming as part of Johnsonburg's Alumni Weekend. Market Street will be filled with activity this evening, and the Livestream of the game by the Elker Athletics Facebook page will be shown at the Community Building.
"That's so cool that they're doing that so the fans enjoying the festivities up on Market Street can see the game and we're honored to be a part of it," Heindl said.
The game will be broadcast on WDDH, 97.5 – The Hound.
Other District 9 Games
Bradford (0-2, 0-2) at Kane (1-1, 1-1)
DuBois (0-2, 0-2) at St. Marys (1-1, 1-1)
Punxsutawney (0-1, 0-1) at Brookville (2-0, 2-0)
Clarion Central (0-0, 0-1) at Karns City (1-0, 2-0)
Elk County Catholic (2-0, 2-0) at Redbank Valley (1-1, 1-1)
Port Allegany (1-1, 1-1) at Smethport (2-0, 2-0)
Cameron County (2-0, 2-0) at Otto-Eldred (0-2, 0-2)
Saturday, Sept. 11
Sheffield (0-2, 0-2) at Coudersport (0-2, 0-2)